Amazon Silk enters the browser war

Amazon has unleashed Amazon Silk, a brand new browser designed for its Kindle Fire tablet.

We know, we know - you don't need another browser complicating your life. You've already got a polygamous relationship with both Chrome and Firefox on your desktop, not to mention your mobile flings with Safari, Opera, Dolphin and numerous others (you filthy browser adulterer, you).

But Amazon Silk is different, you see. For it is both a browser and processor all at the same time. Kind of. We'll let Amazon explain itself:

"Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture. All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform.  Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely."

Basically, Amazon Silk lets your Fire tap into the wealth of its EC2 instance cloud computer system. That's 64GB of RAM and 8-cores to help out your poor little tab when it comes to rendering web content.

The end result is much faster browsing for you, due to the "invisible, yet incredibly strong connection" of Amazon's cloud computing clout. You see where the Silk name comes from now, right?

The proof will, of course, be in the browser based pudding but if Amazon lives up to its promises then it may well have just shifted the goal posts when it comes to mobile surfing.



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